May 25, 2009
Gail Tremblay's exhibit reviewed by Bob Hicks for The Oregonian, 5/25/09
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"Tremblay's baskets are contemporary updates on traditional forms: She decorates them with brightly colored film stock, imbuing them with a formalistic beauty that echoes the patterns of traditional weaving. But it's film, not reeds, and in Tremblay's hands the baskets carry not water or wapato but the history of popular image-making about native peoples - the cowboys-and-indians past that still colors our perceptions of the present. Like (David) Boxley, Tremblay is interested in reclaiming native history. But her reclamation project also includes a bracing, angry, and often very funny corrective: She's devastatingly aware that native cultures exist within, and in many ways at the mercy of, a much larger mainstream culture, which is often dead wrong about what being native means.
So, her titles: "Scorched Earth Policy"; "Mountain Men and Indians: A Hot & Prickly History"; "And Then There Is the Hollywood Indian Princess"; "An Iroquois Dreams That the Tribes of the Middle East Will Take the Message of Deganawida to heart and Make Peace." Deganawada, often called "the Great Peacemaker," founded the great Iroquois Confederacy with his follower Hiawatha.
Somewhere inside Tremblay's titles, an oral tradition is re-creating itself. And ... it's telling an old story to a new world."

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